Sunday, September 22, 2013

{san diego}

I am a little late writing about this but..
We went on a small family get away last week..
{James, Joe, cindy, G, me (& Liam!!), William}
{G with my in laws. Aren't they just the cutest?}
This was our LAST family trip with only ONE kiddo! 
 We had such a good time & made lots of fun memories.
So crazy to think that our little guy will be here so soon. Only 9 weeks to go!
Can't wait to go on trips & make memories that include him :)
I love my family! 

Well, Happy saturday!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

{DIY hot oil hair treatment & 7 healthy hair tips}

When I was pregnant with giuliana, i chopped 9 inches off my hair.
Craziest decision I've ever made!
Just because i "felt like it was time for something new"
I blame the pregnancy hormones.
It looked cute but, it just wasn't me.  
I have since been trying to grow my hair back out. 
It's been 2 years.
2 years of wearing mostly pony tails, teasing my roots to keep from looking flat, blow drying every day to get volume, using my straightener {almost every day} & using my clip in hair extensions when we dressed up, so i could curl my hair without looking like a poodle! 
Short hair was just not for me. 
It was too much work!

So here i am 2 years later, & I am finally comfortable with the length of my hair.
I can style it how I want and I look like me again! 
My hair has so much damage from all the hot tools and teasing & hair ties from the last 2 years..

And now, I am pregnant again & my hair is funky! Its frizzy & my scalp is dry, which makes my nasty split ends look even worse! Pregnancy does the weirdest things.
I have committed to getting my hair healthy again & the last 2 months I have changed a few things in my hair routine:

I let my hair air dry every single time i wash my hair. 
I wash my hair at night after i put giuliana to bed
As my hair dries i clean up downstairs, fold some laundry, do the dishes etc. 
It is usually dry by the time i go to bed. 

When i do use hot tools, I use a heat protectant.
I curl my hair maybe twice a week {?} 
I like BB styling lotion. It's a heat protectant and a styling spray. 

I eat more fruit & veggies
Your diet can really influence how your skin & hair look. 
I eat a banana with some strawberries almost every morning 
other "healthy hair foods" I enjoy:

I stopped using regular hair ties. 
I use the nylon hair ties. They don't break your hair & they don't leave a "dent" in your hair. 
I also use these spin pins from "Goody"
These things are so cool! When i put my hair in a bun, I wrap my bun, then twist one  {Only one!!!} of these in my hair and it stays all day and doesn't leave the damaging effects that hair ties can leave. 

I use a good moisturizing shampoo 
my regular shampoo & conditioner of choice:
I seriously Loooooove this stuff! 
It smells so yummy & makes your hair so soft

About a month ago, I started using WEN. 

I really truly believe that WEN has helped my hair sooo much! 
I wash with it, leave it on for 5 minutes to deep condition, & use it as a leave in conditioner.
It is seriously amazing!  
I still use my regular shampoo and conditioner, but I use this every other time i wash my hair. I use it as a Leave in conditioner every single shower though. 
The thing about WEN though, is, its Expensive!  That is a big part of why i have not completely converted to using solely WEN. I have to use about 20 pumps every shower because of my hair length so i go through a bottle pretty quick.
It really has improved my hair though.

I buy my WEN at sephora. Only some sephora locations carry it. 
the only other way to purchase it is through the WEN website 

I started incorporating home hot oil treatments into my hair routine
They have helped  my hair significantly! 
I use coconut oil with a bit of tea tree oil. The tea tree oil helps combat dry scalp & dandruff, & the oil adds moisture while sealing in that moisture with the heat. 
Here's my recipe:

You will need:
1 tablespoon coconut oil 
5-6 drops tea tree oil 

place your coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl & microwave for about 30 seconds, or until melted.
Take it out of the microwave and stir in your tea tree oil .
Dip your fingers into the warm oil & beginning at your roots, spread the coconut oil through your hair., all the way to the ends.
After you have used all of your oil, pull your hair back into bun.
Add heat to your hair.
I use my hair dryer, then wrap my hair in a towel.
Leave on for 20+ minutes.

Then, take the towel off and hop into the shower! 
Rinse your hair out then shampoo and condition per usual. 
Let your hair air dry
then revel in how healthy and beautiful your hair looks! 
Do this 1-2 times a week 

I just HAD to share what i have done to help improve the health of my hair, because, well, these things really have helped! My hair is the healthiest it has been in years! 

Hope these tips are helpful to someone out there! 

Happy Saturday :) 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

{DIY coconut almond butter}

I have been a bad pregnant lady
The last couple weeks I have eaten WAAAAAY too many almondy joys
Yes the candy bar. 
The king size almond joy candy bars. 
ok i have confessed
I feel much better now :) 

You know how it is when you're pregnant though.
You get your mind set on a certain taste or smell or texture & you just have to have it! 
This craving started because of another craving i have. 
I crave ice like no ones business when i am pregnant. I craved it with Giuliana, & now, i crave it with Liam too. 
Weird right? 
Well anyways, every other day {i'm not exaggerating} i go to the circle k down the street & fill 4 44oz cups with crushed ice & store it in my freezer. Sounds so dumb i know!  but i can't resist it! It's the best ice! & i will let you in on a little secret, if you bring your cups back to circle K & refill them with just ice, they don't charge you! So, you get you ice fix for free ;) Which in my case, is great, because I munch on it all day and all night. & Everytime i go to get my free ice, i buy an almond joy, so i don't feel so guilty walking out of there with 4 cups of free ice {This is how the craving started!} ..I sound so pathetic haha! 

Well, I knew i had to kick the almond joy craving, so I came up with a healthier replacement. 
I made some yummy coconut almond butter! 
It is seriously so delicious you guys! 
When i get that craving for an almond joy, i just eat a spoonful of this stuff, & boom! Craving fixed :) 
It tastes great and it doesn't contain anything too crazy.
& it is super simple to make
You need:
1 cup of your favorite almond butter {Or any nut butter really}
1/4 cup coconut BUTTER {not coconut oil}
2 teaspoons honey {I like whipped honey}
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* If you want to make your own almond butter, take 1 1/2 Cup of almonds and blend until they form a paste, usually about 4-5 minutes. 
I like to start with already made almond butter. Why? Because i like my almond butter super smooth & creamy :) I Love barney butter. It is the best and creamiest i have found. I buy it at sprouts. 

* Make sure you use coconut BUTTER not coconut oil. They are completely different things. 
Coconut butter is the unsweetened flesh of the coconut ground up into a butter. You can blend it into smoothies, put it on ice cream, It is delicious by itself too! I eat it by the spoonful!  Its great. & full of good calories :) 
Place all ingredients in the bowl of your food processor
Blend together until well mixed, about 3 minutes
Using a spatula, scrape every little bit of your almond butter into a container
& don't forget to lick the spatula clean ;) 
Spread it on some whole grain toast or just eat it by the spoonful! 
It is delicious no matter how you eat it 

Give it a try! It is so simple & seriously so yummy! 
Let me know what you think ;) 
Happy sunday!